A new Chick-fil-A restaurant is opening near me, in Batavia, Ill. And I admit to having mixed feelings on this.
I like whenever a new business opens in my community. It’s a refreshing change from all the “Going out of Business” signs I’ve seen since 2007. And Chick-fil-A’s certainly draw in the business. They’re as hot now as Krispy Kreme doughnuts were in the early 2000s, before that restaurant chain imploded.
But there’s that whole gay marriage issue. I don’t want to patronize a restaurant run by a man, Dan Cathy, who doesn’t believe that gay people have the right to get married. I don’t know if Chick-fil-A has given money to groups that promote an anti-gay marriage. The debate on that is still going on. But I do believe that opposing gay marriage is discriminating against homosexuals.
My question has always been this: How does letting gay people marry hurt the institution of marriage? I’ve never heard anyone provide a rational answer to this. That’s probably because letting homosexuals marry doesn’t hurt marriage at all.
I’d never call for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. I think consumers can make up their own minds if they want to eat there or not. And I certainly think Cathy has the right to speak his mind regarding gay marriage.
I just happen to think he’s wrong.
By the way, I wonder, too, about the whole Chick-fil-A boom. Is it real or is it a fad? Back to Krisy Kreme: Remember when the opening of a Krispy Kreme was a real event? Then things went south for the company. Krispy Kreme, after its boom days, ended up closing more than 240 U.S. locations from 2004 through 2009.
Is the Chick-fil-A boom destined to end the same way? I mean, how many chicken sandwiches does one country need?
— Dan Rafter